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Finding God in Everyday Places: Survivor Tree Resilience Symbolizes Hope

by Susanna Bertelsen Five years ago, I visited the 9/11 Memorial pools at the sight of reconstruction of the tower and memorial park and museum in lower Manhattan, 13 years after the devastating attack on the twin towers of the World Trade center. Amid construction barriers and cranes, I recall how we visitors to the…

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Words Matter

by Kay Vander Vort As I am scheduling spiritual direction sessions for this September after an eight-month absence, I have noticed several people mentioning they are struggling with the divisiveness in our country. The question has come up, "is this an appropriate topic for spiritual Direction?" My answer is a resounding "YES!" I too struggle…

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Painting on a Smaller Canvas

by Tom Allen As I grow older, I am faced with increasing limitations and diminishments, especially as an Alzheimer’s caregiver.  I imagine myself as an artist painting / expressing my life on canvas, and the canvases grow smaller. I imagine God saying to me: “Embrace the limitations and diminishments that have already occurred, and the…

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The Biggest Little Farm

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde Summer Rejuvenation: Praying the Examen “For what moment today am I most grateful?” “For what moment today am I least grateful?” -Examen questions from Sleeping with Bread Hyperlink: http://www.paulistpress.com/Products/3579-5/sleeping-with-bread.aspx Image: Cover of Book. It’s Saturday, July 13 -- the 14th week in Ordinary time, according to Fr. James Martin, and I am…

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Striving vs. Alignment

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice I’ve been a transformation junkie most of my life. I have attended retreats and workshops, read uplifting books, and attached myself to mentors since I was a teen. I’ve always had a vision of who I wanted to be, articulated in the children’s book, If Jesus Came to My House, where I…

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Know a Spiritual (but maybe not religious) Young Adult?

by Carolyn Kolovitz I have several directees in their 20s which has me imagining what life might have been like if I had a spiritual director when I was that age. I vividly remember the energy and angst of launching after college - on fire to make a big splash in the world, while paralyzed…

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2019 Summer Reading/ Listening/ Viewing List

recommended by the Loyola Staff: BOOKS: Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Kathleen Norris. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age. Mary Pipher. The Second Mountain. David Brooks. The Righteous Mind. Jonathon Haidt. The Grace…

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The Invitation

by Karen Treat “Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.”  John 21:12-14 I love this image of…

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Ramadan and Christ: An Ignatian Prayer for Ramadan

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde Next week marks the start of Ramadan for Muslim brothers and sisters. As a Spiritual Director at Loyola, this time of prayer and fasting in the world inspires my heart. As a Christian, marking my own holy days of Jesus’ resurrection, I love contemplating another major world religion entering into a solemn…

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Leaning Into Death

By Tom Allen My wife Julie is in late stages of Alzheimer’s.  She is child-like and vulnerable.  While I can walk with her in her suffering and death, I can’t protect her from it or go with her.  And yet, I keep feeling responsible to do something. It comforts me to imagine God saying to…

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